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We're building a game completely from scratch and we just added real time dynamic shadows into our game engine.

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Our biggest design goal for the Overgrowth editor is to achieve high-quality graphics with a minimum production time. This not only includes the time to create the level, but also any preprocessing steps we might have, such as lightmap calculation. To keep the lightmap calculation fast, we’re using a hybrid system of traditional texture baking and modern depth-map shadows.

By baking the depth-map shadows to a texture, we can render them at higher resolution, and thus eliminate most of the common depth mapping artifacts. Using modern GPU features like frame buffer objects, this can all be done in real-time. Also, because we are saving the lightmaps as a compressed texture, older video cards should be able to load the detailed shadows even if they would be unable to calculate them efficiently.


There is still a lot of work to do, but the direct lighting system is almost done. After we finish the ambient occlusion pass, we should be done with static environment shadows!(permalink)


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Wiweeyum
Wiweeyum

Beautiful! This editor kicks some serious butt.

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chris_sloany
chris_sloany

great job guys!!! kick *** job!

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SIGILL
SIGILL

Sweet!

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104

Awesome! This is amazing!

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Camopig
Camopig

Pretty amazing. I am excited to fight for the wolves.

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Bird_of_Prey
Bird_of_Prey

Well done! Looks excellent.

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet

Looks great, will give the designer the ability to use the shadows as a design tool for casting hints, directions, joining differently shaped models to create a specific shadow in the editor...

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vfn4i83
vfn4i83

Man tha way the news are going this game must be in beta already.

Great work, that shadows just fill my eyes.

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blackmodeler
blackmodeler

awesome. real-time shadows looks amazing. great work.

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Renorick
Renorick

pretty good... interesting "land-whale"... can't wait to see the finished result...

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Crazytalk
Crazytalk

do we get the cool music while working in the editor :)

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vp21ct
vp21ct

This looks amazing, well done sir.

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi

I cannot wait until this game comes out. It's very original concept. Nice work, guys!

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doublethink
doublethink

Making great progress here.

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tracius01
tracius01

amazing good job

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PWnR_87
PWnR_87

Jesus Christ, it's The Whaleman, get in the car!

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Kattevoer
Kattevoer

Cool!
I think the hips and shoulders need to swing sideways though...

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...hmm...
...hmm...

i am unfeasibly excited for this game :)

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